Nokia working on a Windows Phone? (Not holding our breath)

So the rumor of the day is something about Nokia making a phone featuring Windows Phone 7. The source, Times Online, mentions this tidbit in passing in a general article about British tech companies stating:

Wolfson suffered a blow in 2008 after it lost a contract to supply components for the Apple iPod. However, some of the pain was lessened last year after it was selected by a leading mobile phone manufacturer — believed to be Nokia — to provide some of the technology for its new Windows Mobile handset.

Yeah, that's not really much to go on. Does anyone really think Nokia, who has been quite happy with the Symbian OS, would do such a thing? Then again, Palm did it a few years ago with some initial success. But there's an important difference: Palm was desperate (having lost control of Garnet), Nokia...not so much.

We should also mention that Microsoft and Nokia did just announce a partnership, with Nokia agreeing to distribute Microsoft's 'Communicator Mobile' a "...unified communications client connects directly with a company's communications systems for mobile collaboration". While certainly a great move for both companies, that really doesn't get us to "ZOMG, Nokia is making a Windows Phone!".

What we think: Microsoft and Nokia are certainly working closely together to dislodge RIM, but to suggest they are swingers with their OS's is a bit of stretch.

[Times Online & Nokia Experts]



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Nokia working on a Windows Phone? (Not holding our breath)


Nokia is still big outside of the US, and it's well known in the EU and middle east specifically. It makes sense to me that if they're interested and if MS can they should try to get Nokia as a WP7 partner.

I love this Nokia's handshaking logo. Well I think Nokia can make this type pf phone and it may be succeed also.
Because as Nokia's graph it has many customers which are satisfied.

Nokia N8 seems to be the best fully featured cell phone this year but its difficult for this cell phone to get place in the global market when already there are phones like iPhone 4G and Windows phone 7 are there.I hope this will be good enough to make its unique place. So as you said I am not so excited about windows phone as I already have the good handset and that's Nokia N8

It's a good thing nobody is holding their breath on this story.

Outside the US Nokia resembles Apple with a tightly controlled product strategy. For the most part the strategy has produced excellent phones and success - outside the US.

Nokia has never really convinced the US carrier cartel to back their advanced phones and they don't carry the cachet here that enabled Apple to strike such a lopsided deal with AT&T. In an effort to kick start entry into the market, Nokia now and again announces a some partnership. Up to now, they have all amounted to nothing.

As far as Microsoft goes and considering Nokia's track record in the US, Microsoft must be getting desperate to consider a deal with them.

So Nokia and Apple now have some pending legal actions between them. That means we could see some real movement in this dispute within our lifetimes, but we're not holding our breath for a definitive conclusion.

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